Terry Lash

Profile Updated: March 24, 2024
Residing In: Eagle Point, OR USA
Occupation: Retired
Children: Ben, born 1988, graduated from Yale College, May 2011, double major: applied physics and environmental More…engineering, working toward PhD in enviornmental engineering at Rice University, beginning August 2011

Lara, born 1991, graduated from Lafayette College, May 2013, major in mechanical engineering, working toward PhD at University of Tennessee Space Institute, beginning August 2013.
Yes! Attending Reunion

Attended Reed College, major was physics. Received PhD from Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University. Two years of postdoctoral research at Yale Medical School before becoming senior staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Palo Alto/San Francisco. Worked at the Keystone Center in Colorado--semi ski bum & met my wife. Then Director of the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety in Springfield and finally Director of Nuclear Energy and International Nuclear Safety at U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In between these various jobs and after leaving DOE was an independent consultant cumulatively for several years. Throughout the years I have enjoyed participating in and watching sports. In grad school I played a lot of squash & softball (pitching & winning against the Divinty School was the highlight accomplishment. They were tough.) Since the U.S. Women's team won the 1999 World Cup in soccer, I have been an avid fan of both the men's and women's game. In spring 2010 I travelled to England to watch several English Premier games. Managed my daughter's Travel soccer team for 6 years. Also I enjoy gardening, although I am not as accomplished as my mother, who has returned to Beaverton after 20 years living in Hawaii. Since graduate school I have been an avid reader of science fiction, a habit my son has emulated. My daughter reads science fiction too, but her reading interests are broader reflecting my wife's interests. The three of them read about 10 times faster than I do. I have spent a great deal of time traveling internationally, mostly for work. Most of my time was spent in countries of the former Soviet Union. Russian I learned in Mr. Snyder's class, Reed College and during a summer as part of an Experiment in International Living visit in 1964 (thanks to Mr. Snyder). My son also has picked this up. He is fluent in Rusiian and has spent one summer in St. Petersburg, Russia, studying and one summer in Kyiv, Ukraine, with friends on mine. He sang in the Yale Russian Chorus. My daughter, who spent a spring semester studying in Bremen, Germany, also journeyed to St. Petersburg for a few days. She thoroughly enjoyed the ballet & opera, as well as the usual tourist sites. she hopes to learn Russian, too.

I am sorry to have missed the reunion, but unfortunately I had to have sequential surgeries in my shoulders to repair badly torn rotator cuffs.

School Story:

Being inventive in the run for VP of student body, causing the administration to impose a bunch of new restrictions on campaigns. Remember all of the ballons cascading down the bleachers, which were popped through our opponents speeches?!

One late night, but before midnight, I drove to deliver an English paper to Mrs. Malcom's house, arguing it was being handed in before the dealine of that day. She of course had meant it was due at class time earlier that day. For some reason she let me get away with this.

In general, I enjoyed all of my science & math classes at Sunset and felt that the teaching was excellent. Mr. Snyder was particularly helpful and was responsible on his own for arranging my opportunity to travel to the former Soviet Union for a summer. The trip had a significant impact on my life.

Attending Reunion